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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Pei Zhou

    Mon, Oct 23, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Thesis Proposal - Pei Zhou
    Committee Members: Xiang Ren (Chair), Jay Pujara, Toby Mintz, Jesse Thomason, Jieyu Zhao
    Title: Common Ground Reasoning for Communicative Agents
    Abstract: Conversational AIs have received much attention due to the advent of large language model-powered chatbots such as ChatGPT. Recent studies have also focused on the potential of building AI agents that can interact with humans and the world. However, challenges remain unsolved for AI models to become capable communicative agents including understanding implicit intents and reaching goals. This thesis proposal outlines my research aiming to tackle these challenges by teaching models to reason to build common ground to become better communicators. Specifically, I focus on 1) enhancing conversational models with common ground knowledge; 2) modeling theory-of-mind capabilities to build goal-driven dialogue agents; and 3) augmenting planning capabilities in multi-round interactions. I will also discuss future directions including can we teach models to self-discover reasoning structures to adapt to unseen scenarios and can models benefit from memory modules to store and generate new insights from prior experience

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/2065614640

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